Topics Bill Haley
, Rock Around The Clock
, Blackbaord Jungle
, Birth of Rock and Roll
Born William John Clifton Haley, Jr - on Jul 6, 1925in highland Park, Michigan, began career with New England country band, "The Downhomers" as a singer formed "The Four Aces of Country Swing" in 1848 and then, in 1949, formed "The Saddlemen" who recorded on various labels before signoing with Essex as "Bill Haley and the Comets" in 1952 and then with Decca in 1954. The original "Comets" band who backed Haley on "Rock Around The Clock" were Rudy Pompilli on Sax Al Pompilli on Bass, Ralph Jones on Drums, and Frannie Beecher on Lead Guitar. Bill Haley died of a Heart Attack in Harlingen, TX Feb 9, 1991.
Their biggest hit was by far, the Title Song to "Blackboard Jungle" which was recorded in April of 1954. Other hits were "Dim, Dim the Lights" "Birth of the Boogie" "Razzle Dazzle" "Two Hound Dogs" Burn That Candle" "Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie" "See You Later Alligator" and "Rip It Up" (a Little Richard Song) Interestingly, "Rock Around The Clock" again appeared on the Billbaord Chrts on March 16, 1974, 20 years after it ws recorded.
2 - (I'll Be With You In) Apple Blossom Time
9 - Haley, Bill - Dim, Dim The Lights
11 - Farewell, So Long, Goodbye
18 - I Want A Little Girl
21 - Joey's Song (Stereo)
28 - Rock Around The Clock
30 - Rockin' Chair On The Moon
34 - Saints Rock 'N' Roll
35 - See You Later, Alligator
36 - Shake Rattle and Roll
37 - Shake Rattle & Roll 1954
41 - Stop Beating Around The Bush
45 - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
48 - Shake, Rattle And Roll
February 25, 2015
Excellent choices but flawed information
An excellent choice of songs from an underrated pioneer of rock and roll. I need to correct the information given by Daddy G in the description, however, as it appears to have come from the error-filled liner notes of the MCA albumer Golden Hits. The musicians that performed on the original Rock Around the Clock in 1954 were: Danny Cedrone (lead guitar), Marshall Lytle (bass), Joey Ambrose (sax), Billy Gussak (drums), Johnny Grande (piano) and Billy Williamson (steel guitar), along with Haley, of course. Franny Beecher didn't start working with the band until the fall of 1954; Rudy Pompilli and Ralph Jones joined in 1955; Al Pompilli didn't join until 1958.
February 7, 2013
Haley was a most famous rocker with theme song for 'black-board jungle' film that made rock and roll.